The only flight service to a remote Alaska island village has been cut off for three weeks because a designated helicopter was sidelined by maintenance work.
Oregon-based Erickson Aviation spokeswoman Susie Elliott says service to Alaska’s Little Diomede Island is expected to resume Saturday. The last flight to the tiny community of Diomede was Jan. 22.
Company officials say the helicopter was in Anchorage for maintenance when extensive problems were discovered on the aircraft. Elliott says a backup helicopter also had maintenance issues. (Read more about the flight service being cut off to the Alaskan village HERE)